Friday, September 30, 2005

Staying at home v. working

The article discussing the pros and cons of staying at home with your child v. working outside of the home was a very generalized read. No new information was garnered, for even the most modest reader.

I am missing the slant that was felt by my fellow blogger, e.g., wanting to work outside the home equals selfish parent. Could be an unresolved feeling about the decision to work outside the home?

Parenting is a skill and can be successful with many different styles. A parent at home with a child full-time may or may not be able to provide the best environment for physical, social, coginitve and emotional and development. Parenting requires an awareness of your own psyche, mindful behavior and the desire to provide the important elements for your child's optimal development. I would add that a parent must also understand the profound role he/she has as parent to this child and behave accordingly.

Being an at-home parent does not insure by default that your child will have these critical elements.

1 Comments:

Blogger think-knitter said...

The slant that Cameron is missing is as follows: when the article talks about the benefits of staying home with the baby, it talks about the benefit to the baby. When it talks about the benefits of working, it talks about the benefit to the mother. As far as I am concerned, the unspoken implication is that there are no benefits to the baby if the mother decides to work. And as Cameron herself point out, "being an at-home parent does not insure by default tha tyour child will have these critical elements." Additionally, some studies have found that it is actually beneficial to the baby to be at daycare. That finding may or may not be debatable, but the point of my post was that the article had not presented any possible benefits of daycare to the child, only to the mother.

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